Bay Area Sees Population Explosion Of Feral Cats; Pandemic Hinders Spay/Neuter Efforts

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KPIX 5) – The Bay Area is experiencing a population explosion of feral cats, and experts say efforts to spay or neuter the animals has become more difficult due to the pandemic. Feral cats can be found anywhere: creek beds, alongside freeways, even behind supermarkets. It doesn’t really help to remove them … Read more

The first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Texas has been identified in the Houston area | Houston Public Media

James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial at the COVID-19 on-campus testing lab, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Boston University in Boston. A Harris County woman has tested positive for the COVID-19 omicron variant, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said on Monday. It’s the first case of the rapidly … Read more

‘It feels like we’re the whipping boys’: Venues and promoters scramble to implement new 50% capacity rule

THEATRES, MUSIC VENUES and promoters say they have been “blindsided” by new Covid-19 restrictions on their industry as they try to come up with ways to implement the changed rules.  From today, all indoor entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events that are indoors must operate at a maximum capacity of 50% and all of these … Read more

Martin Kemp dresses up as Santa Claus to encourage public to get vaccinated

Martin Kemp has dressed up as Father Christmas for a festive film encouraging the public to get vaccinated against coronavirus this winter. The video shows the actor and musician preparing for Christmas by booking an MOT for his sleigh, polishing his boots and trimming his beard. Kemp, who turned 60 in October, is also seen … Read more

WHO Advises Against Blood Plasma Treatment For COVID-19

The WHO said its latest recommendations were based on evidence from 16 trials. (File) Paris: Covid treatments using plasma taken from the blood of recovered coronavirus patients should not be given to people with mild or moderate illness, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Convalescent plasma showed some early promise when given intravenously to people … Read more

Schumer wants to extend freeze on student loan payments

NEW YORK (WABC) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing the Biden Administration to extend the payment freeze on student loans. Schumer said Monday he is asking for the extension as the omicron variant spreads. The pause is currently set to end on Feb. 1. He said student loan debt can be overwhelming and … Read more

Omicron Variant: What Experts Know So Far

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to spread, and is now detected in 54 countries. Local transmission continues to grow in places like Germany, France, Spain and Britain. READ MORE: Long-Term Care In MN: Gov. Deploying 1,000 Additional Certified Nursing Assistants By End Of January Eighteen cases are … Read more

As Omicron Spreads, Jerome Powell Is in the Hot Seat

In June of last year, Jerome Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, held a two-day policy meeting with his top colleagues. The first COVID-19 wave was winding down, and some businesses were starting to reopen after the closures enacted at the onset of the pandemic. But the unemployment rate was still at 13.3 per … Read more

Indiana reports 20 additional COVID-19 deaths, 12,384 positive cases since Friday

INDIANAPOLIS — On Monday, the Indiana Department of Health reported 20 additional COVID-19 deaths and 12,384 more positive cases since the last update on Friday. Since the pandemic began, 17,137 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Indiana and there have been 1,130,719 total positive cases. A total of 599 probable COVID-19 deaths have been reported … Read more